Look what we saw on vacation:
"The Gnome Project," by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus
I didn't pick it up, but maybe I should have as the reviews are on the whole good:
What do you do when life is too chaotic? How about felting a gnome? Or 365 of them, one for each day of the year.
Artist and wool crafter Jessica Peill-Meininghaus decided that she needed a project to teach herself follow-through in life. She settled on making one of her popular felted-wool gnomes every day for a year. With pipe cleaners and wool roving, amidst the chaos of raising four children and moving cross-country, Peill-Meininghaus felted her way through hundreds of charming, pointy-hatted, often bearded characters.
Lavishly decorated with photos of each charming creation, The Gnome Project is the surprising and magical story of what happens when we commit to something small. (Hint: It's something very big, as in making life more meaningful.) Here is her inspirational tale, complete with gnome-making instructions.